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I am recruiting Master students, PhD students and Postdocs for my group to study the response dynamics of neuronal networks. Our goal is to understand how neuronal networks respond to stimuli, what role connectivity and single neuron spike dynamics play. Though the focus of my research is on the theory side, my lab has close ties to experimentalists that provide intracellular patch recordings or multi-unit activity so interested students/postdocs could either opt for a purely mathematical project or one that involves an experimental collaboration. I am looking for bright and hard-working students and postdocs who have math or physics background, but lifescience students with an inclination towards theory are also welcome to apply.

Research methods and topics involve:

  • Study of non-linear differential equations with applications to neuroscience
  • Numerical and analytical study of dynamics in large neuronal networks
  • In collaboration with an experimental group, you could design and analyze multi electrode/single neuron spike responses to specific input stimuli


Successful candidates should have:

  • a Bachelor/Master degree or equivalent in a life science, mathematics, physics or a similar discipline. Postdoc candidates should have a PhD in neuroscience, mathematics, physics or a related discipline and a scientific publication record
  • strong theoretical interest and ability
  • excellent interpersonal skills, team spirit and flexibility
  • very good English language skills, both written and spoken.


Starting dates:
Flexible, ideally in the first quarter of 2013.

To apply:
Please send me an email with a single pdf document containing

  • your CV (< 2 pages). Please include the latest exam grades and the field of study.
  • research statement (1/2 page) of what you want to do.


Payment follows German TVöD, depending on qualifications and professional experience, as well as various fringe benefits in accordance with public service provisions. The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruiting and employment.

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